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Lee University considers limiting student speech on gender

By Associated Press — May 23, 2022
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — If approved, the policy presented to faculty and staff this month would not allow students to identify as anything other than their biological sex.
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Doctor who fought church gunman remembered as kind protector

By Julie Watson and Amy Taxin — May 19, 2022
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — It was no surprise to friends and colleagues that John Cheng spent his final moments saving others by rushing a gunman who fired on a Southern California church

Gunman targets Taiwanese faith with long pro-democracy link

By Deepa Bharath — May 19, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators said they obtained Chou's handwritten notes documenting his hatred of Taiwan.

A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site

By Associated Press — May 18, 2022
(AP) — This year's Lag BaOmer holiday festivities at Mount Meron are overshadowed by last year's deaths, the largest civilian disaster in the country's history.

What is the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage?

By Joshua Shanes — May 17, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Jewish history explains why the annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel has such power and meaning.

Prosecutor: Church gunman had ‘diabolical plan’ to massacre

By Amy Taxin and Stefanie Dazio — May 17, 2022
(AP) — Dr. John Cheng, a sports medicine doctor who is survived by a wife and two children, charged at the shooter and attempted to disarm him, allowing others to intervene.

Vatican foreign minister to visit Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

By Nicole Winfield — May 17, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Archbishop Paul Gallagher's trip comes as the Holy See toes a delicate line in trying to keep alive newly improved ties with the Russian Orthodox Church while offering support to the “martyred” Ukrainian faithful.

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

By Gosia Wozniacka — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — More than 40% of Buddhist chaplains work in health care, a recent report found, while others serve in schools, in prisons or as self-employed counselors.

Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence

By Aaron Morrison, Deepti Hajela, and Brendan Farrington — May 16, 2022
(AP) — For many Black Americans, the Buffalo shooting has stirred up the same fear and vulnerability they faced after Charleston and other attacks.

‘Reprehensible’: Oz condemns GOP opponent’s tweet on Islam

By Steve Peoples — May 15, 2022
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Oz, who would be the nation’s first Muslim senator, described the comments as “disqualifying."

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

By Nicole Winfield — May 15, 2022
ROME (AP) — Sunday's ceremony was evidence that Francis is still able to still walk, but appears to be taking it as easy as possible to let the ligaments heal before an intense period of travel starting in July.

Some Catholic abortion foes are uneasy about overturning Roe

By David Crary — May 13, 2022
(AP) — Some anti-abortion Catholics caution that Catholic leaders should distance themselves from the politically partisan wing of the anti-abortion movement.

Minority Hindu Kashmiris protest killing of community member

By Aijaz Hussain — May 13, 2022
(AP) — Scores of the region’s minority Hindus, locally known as Pandits, took to the streets, blocking roads and demanding that Rahul Bhat's killers be brought to justice.
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